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    Quote Originally Posted by OrganicShadow View Post
    No doubt. Gotta do work, get it done.

    For those who have competed: ever get that feeling like 3-4 weeks out like "I don't wanna do this... I'm not gonna be ready".
    Yeah, that's me right now. It always happens, I think it's a good sign in some ways.

    Chest and biceps today. My chest workout wasn't spectacular but biceps were awesome. Upping cardio to 25m and prior to lift. Right now I'm doing cradio immediately before my workout which may explain poor performance on the bench press. Although numbers have gone up since adjusting diet.

    Tomorrow is rest day. Low carb (<50g) but made better by alll daaaayy STEAK AND EGGS! Love it.
    Going to go over my routine, mandatories, take some pictures and run the numbers to see where were at. That's good - I need convincing about the above statement. Still gonna do cardio but cals will be a bit lower. Today was solid: 2150 = 128c/100f/170p. A little off, kind of had to make due with cottage cheese on not having food prepared. I should know better, I know.
    Do you have any weak areas that you are trying to bring up before the show?

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    Shadow how would compare Black Cats 2.0 to Uptake?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingLeonidas9
    Shadow how would compare Black Cats 2.0 to Uptake?
    That's like comparing spark plugs to a fuel injector. Two very different products with their own functions. BC became my everyday energy and focus aid and Uptake is my big gun to getting the most nutrient utilization and storage possible in muscle tissue. NO Uptake foes have a cognitive effect to it- a very suddle and smooth "Im bringing this down to the ground." Alpha status. One is the pep boost I need when feeling sluggish the other is what gets me pumped, powerful, and hardbodied.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dewey99

    Do you have any weak areas that you are trying to bring up before the show?
    Biceps every 48hrs and cheating. A lot of reps to try and shape a peak. Abs on alternating 48hrs. Not touching legs too much and shoulder days are a lot of sculpting. Really its not my shape or size its my conditioning I worry about. Entirely new approach to go in Bantam.
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    Meeting with my trainer at 1600 to go over posing, numbers, music, tanning, supplements... The works. And a short business meeting on the side. Should have numbers and photos up tonight or tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OrganicShadow View Post
    That's like comparing spark plugs to a fuel injector. Two very different products with their own functions. BC became my everyday energy and focus aid and Uptake is my big gun to getting the most nutrient utilization and storage possible in muscle tissue. NO Uptake foes have a cognitive effect to it- a very suddle and smooth "Im bringing this down to the ground." Alpha status. One is the pep boost I need when feeling sluggish the other is what gets me pumped, powerful, and hardbodied.
    Good to know. I got Uptake and I was looking into black cats 2.0.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingLeonidas9
    Good to know. I got Uptake and I was looking into black cats 2.0.
    Haven't taken them together. Could be quite the rush. Hmm....
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    The closer you get to the contest the more depleted you are, and the more your brain will play tricks on you.
    I've competed in 5 times (3 one year, two comps three years later) and everytime it's the same.
    stick it out.
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    Yeah man. I take it as a good sign that I'm headed in the right direction although I hate that I play games with myself in doubting my finish point. I sent all the entry forms in... I'm committed.

    I'm not craving anything but I notice my eyes wander. Which is SO BAD when you live in New York and 3 out of 4 store fronts are food shops from all across the globe. After being disciplined through intermittent fasting I find cravings to be minimal and easily dismissed. Glad I learned to do that.

    Leg day = high carb day.
    2100cal 150g protein, 250 carb, 40 fat.
    Todayd diet:
    1c quinoa
    2oz walnuts
    1/2c white kidney beans
    1/2 mashed cauliflower
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    Leg lift and cardio to be posted later.
    6oz turkey breast
    1c quinoa
    1c green veggies.

    Current weight 154.4
    I was working on my routine and posing last night and decided, based on my physique, it makes sense to follow slower more graceful motions. I have the basis now tighten it up and add flare.
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    ^^ As far as your routine. ALWAYS do a slow, graceful routine. Even if you're the biggest guy at the show, coming out on stage to do your "routine" of 15 most musculars and 15 fdb's to "let the bodies hit the floor" makes you look like an idiot, and can even lose you points.
    that and dubstep. Last year during the fall when i competed, I had seen too many idiots doing "routines" to dubstep.
    It looks like ****, and sounds like **** on a theater sound system.

    Do yourself a favor, and stick to the slow graceful posing. Both the judges, the audience, and your scores, will thank you =)
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    This is what I had in mind as I was designing my routine. Obviously I need to have more movement and large poses as I'm not 270 and impressive just by standing. Love Levine Levrone.

    http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=rK4UD...%3DrK4UDveZ1kw

    Actually I'm not impressive at all when standing relaxed but when I open up its significant. I'm gonna try to get some photos.
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    Powerhoused my legs in about 30m - went for speed, not comfort.
    Hack squat - 2 sets of 15 with 150
    Icarus press - 2 sets of 15 with 270
    Leg Press - 2 sets of 15 with 315
    Leg extension - 4 sets of 15 with 80
    Lying leg curl - 4 sets of 15 with 80
    Calve raise - 4 sets of 20 with 90
    Seated calve press - 3 sets of 30 with 70
    Ohhhh Im dead. It's not a lot but the intensity of how quickly it was accomplished just killed me.

    Did a pretty simple abdominal circuit and 20m on the bike - I wasnt going anywhere near a treadmill after that leg blasting.

    Snapped some photos. My posing is better than this I promise. Just kinda half assed it for some shots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OrganicShadow
    Powerhoused my legs in about 30m - went for speed, not comfort.
    Hack squat - 2 sets of 15 with 150
    Icarus press - 2 sets of 15 with 270
    Leg Press - 2 sets of 15 with 315
    Leg extension - 4 sets of 15 with 80
    Lying leg curl - 4 sets of 15 with 80
    Calve raise - 4 sets of 20 with 90
    Seated calve press - 3 sets of 30 with 70
    Ohhhh Im dead. It's not a lot but the intensity of how quickly it was accomplished just killed me.

    Did a pretty simple abdominal circuit and 20m on the bike - I wasnt going anywhere near a treadmill after that leg blasting.

    Snapped some photos. My posing is better than this I promise. Just kinda half assed it for some shots.
    <img src="http://anabolicminds.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=67 984"/><img src="http://anabolicminds.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=67 985"/><img src="http://anabolicminds.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=67 986"/><img src="http://anabolicminds.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=67 987"/><img src="http://anabolicminds.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=67 988"/><img src="http://anabolicminds.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=67 989"/><img src="http://anabolicminds.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=67 990"/>
    Looking good brother. How far out are you now? Your rls is sick, dat v taper.jpg. As far as the posing goes, I'd suggest just making sure you practice your vacuum, use that vtaper to your advantage and hit a vacuum in your fls, Fdb, bdb, as opposed to crunching down your abs. It will show that taper and make you look awesome
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    Quote Originally Posted by OrganicShadow View Post
    Powerhoused my legs in about 30m - went for speed, not comfort.
    Hack squat - 2 sets of 15 with 150
    Icarus press - 2 sets of 15 with 270
    Leg Press - 2 sets of 15 with 315
    Leg extension - 4 sets of 15 with 80
    Lying leg curl - 4 sets of 15 with 80
    Calve raise - 4 sets of 20 with 90
    Seated calve press - 3 sets of 30 with 70
    Ohhhh Im dead. It's not a lot but the intensity of how quickly it was accomplished just killed me.

    Did a pretty simple abdominal circuit and 20m on the bike - I wasnt going anywhere near a treadmill after that leg blasting.

    Snapped some photos. My posing is better than this I promise. Just kinda half assed it for some shots.
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    Looking awesome man.
    How old are you?
    And what is your bulking leg routine like(if you change it at all while cutting)? I need some quads like that!
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    24. It's become apparent to me that my physique doesn't actually shine through until a couple days out. Some guys can look show ready casually and just jump in with 2 weeks prep. I think this comes with maturity and I just gotta keep at it.

    Yes I do change my leg routine while cutting. I have guys who work with me just for legs. Off season I split hamstring and quads to separate days. Quads I train on an alternating schedule Heavy/Light - Onje day very low reps and high resistance the alternate is closer to the above: 6 motions, 2 sets of 50 reps, I have a deadline of 40min to complete.

    Had a hard time getting up this morning. BlackCats to the rescue - I'm good now. Today's shoulders and biceps. I need work on arms real bad. My left bicep is about 1/2" smaller and it's starting to show. my mothers giving me **** for it, that and squatting down too much on that most muscular.
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    Looking good man! When did you say your show is? You're still holding some water. You dry out and you'll see some good seperation in your quads and hopefully get them abs poppin.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jdg76 View Post
    Looking good man! When did you say your show is? You're still holding some water. You dry out and you'll see some good seperation in your quads and hopefully get them abs poppin.


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    JDG how does one get rid of water?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingLeonidas9 View Post
    JDG how does one get rid of water?
    Either a diuretic or I did my own water manipulation.


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    He's doing a natural competition. Diuretics are a no go, plus they're dangerous. Besides if you know what you're doing you don't need them, at all.. Just simple water manipulation
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    Quote Originally Posted by aceroni View Post
    He's doing a natural competition. Diuretics are a no go, plus they're dangerous. Besides if you know what you're doing you don't need them, at all.. Just simple water manipulation
    I wasn't saying he had to use one, I was just stating that was an option. And I believe he can use an OTC diuretic? I didn't, as I said I did my own water manipulation.


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    Idk but manipulating water is the best way to go
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    I carry a LOT of water and have a thick skin than what's optimal. I can't use diuretics just manipulate:
    distilled water, asparagus, PMS Tea (makes me constipated), cranberry, I prefer MHP Xpel for a supplement but Axis labs makes a decent one. Were planning to cut water as early as Tuesday (the shows on Friday) and manipulate sodium. When I start Free Test next week the 3,7 oxo DHEA should help push some water out and dry up. Plus cortisol control to get rid of anything hanging around my lower abs.

    4 weeks out.
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    At the Jets game today. It's a rest day so low carb. Mild keto diet which works out considering the tailgatig food in front of me. But those Bloody Marys look goooood.

    I brought two meals with me and just gonna push to morning and evening for food. Football and diet don't coexist well but I'm not missing this game. Kinda cold out here with no insulation on me lol
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    Football + keto diet = HOT WINGS!!!

    That is what I usually eat at football events while trying to diet. My problem is turning down all the beer
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    Quote Originally Posted by JudoJosh
    Football + keto diet = HOT WINGS!!!

    That is what I usually eat at football events while trying to diet. My problem is turning down all the beer
    You know what I ended up doing? Since everything is meat and cheese I'm just pulling Warrior Diet and tailgate for 4 hours, hit my macros, and ill take the rest of the day fasting till tomorrow morning. Satisfy my nutrition needs, still enjoy myself and not compromise anything. Yeah man... I'm a big beer fan and that'll break me this close to the deadline. I'm full.
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    I ended up doing cardio while watching this Green Bay game. (that I'm surprised they're winning). 27min jog @ 6.0 flat ground, 3.5 @ 10% incline for the remaining 13. Wanted to get 30m/3mi but it's all my knee could handle. I should really just swim instead. I was just trying to do some damage control should I miscalculate my eating habits today and drop some water weight.

    Just took 3Z, HGHup and Lipotrophin-PM and sipping on some green tea before bed. Tomorrow is Chest Biceps and posing practice.
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    have you noticed anything on the hghup?
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    I've used HGHUp twice in 8 week (2 bottle) runs. First few weeks help get me to sleep but my response to GH boosters as a sleep aid is short lived. Over time during diet, especially on real low calorie days like 1700-1800 help with damage control and preservation of lean mass. Even though my numbers have dropped from the beginning to now it's not statistically dramatic and actually a few weeks after I started HGHUp and upped my calories about 200 I continued to lean out and increased weight on nearly every exercise.

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    Flying solo today - face beat red from Niacin and I pushed my NeoVar pre/post workout for fullness. I find my performance improves too, I squeeze out more reps.
    Flat bench - 125x15, 135x15/13/12 That last one I had to take a break at 10.
    Flat bench DB flyes - 30x20, 35x15x3
    ^Superset overhead DB pullover 55x10x4
    Machine incline press - 140x15, 160x11, 140x13/12 (I got overzealous, no surprise)
    Decline press - 3 sets rep out 95, wasnt counting.
    Focused the bar toward the upper chest and expansion of the rib cage.

    Standing BB Curl - 60x15x4 forcing reps where needed to get 15. I looked so vascular should have taken a picture!
    Standing DB Hammer - 25x15, 3x15, 35x15x2
    DB Preacher Curl Alternating Arms - 20x15x4 (L) 20x12x4 (R)
    ^ Did less reps on the right to make up for the asymetrical difference in arm size.

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    6oz flank steak, 1/2c white kidney beans, 1/2c brown rice <How spanish is that? lol
    2 tbsp natural peanut butter

    1536 calories: 137c/43f/156p
    YIKES!!! I feel fine and thought I ate alright... apparently not. Might have to sneak some more peanut butter in.

    Number and photo check on Wednesday, it was supposed to be today but other things came up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OrganicShadow View Post
    YIKES!!! I feel fine and thought I ate alright... apparently not. Might have to sneak some more peanut butter in.

    Number and photo check on Wednesday, it was supposed to be today but other things came up.
    Hang in there man! Stay away from the peanut butter. Your show is almost here! After the show is over you have as much as you like!
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    If I needed it I would have it but I don't so I'm not worried. What I am worried about is how much water I'm still holding. Granted, theres 4 weeks left but that's my focus obstacle.

    On a side note: It's raining but I still went to get my tan on. HUGE leak in the ceiling. A girl walks in while I'm waiting and I bring it up in small talk. As I'm leaving my friend at the counter told me she left her number for me. WIN! I guess "Hey check out that leak." is a good pick-up line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OrganicShadow View Post
    If I needed it I would have it but I don't so I'm not worried. What I am worried about is how much water I'm still holding. Granted, theres 4 weeks left but that's my focus obstacle.

    On a side note: It's raining but I still went to get my tan on. HUGE leak in the ceiling. A girl walks in while I'm waiting and I bring it up in small talk. As I'm leaving my friend at the counter told me she left her number for me. WIN! I guess "Hey check out that leak." is a good pick-up line.
    GJDM. looked like a solid workout!
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    one- why are you bb pressing so light?
    two- when doing the curls, instead of doing one arm with less reps, just start with your smaller / weaker arm, do as many as possible, then match it with your stronger arm and stop there. no need to do less.. everyone has imbalances, and realize on stage these will be pretty hard to actually notice.


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    I've used HGHUp twice in 8 week (2 bottle) runs. First few weeks help get me to sleep but my response to GH boosters as a sleep aid is short lived. Over time during diet, especially on real low calorie days like 1700-1800 help with damage control and preservation of lean mass. Even though my numbers have dropped from the beginning to now it's not statistically dramatic and actually a few weeks after I started HGHUp and upped my calories about 200 I continued to lean out and increased weight on nearly every exercise.

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    Flying solo today - face beat red from Niacin and I pushed my NeoVar pre/post workout for fullness. I find my performance improves too, I squeeze out more reps.
    Flat bench - 125x15, 135x15/13/12 That last one I had to take a break at 10.
    Flat bench DB flyes - 30x20, 35x15x3
    ^Superset overhead DB pullover 55x10x4
    Machine incline press - 140x15, 160x11, 140x13/12 (I got overzealous, no surprise)
    Decline press - 3 sets rep out 95, wasnt counting.
    Focused the bar toward the upper chest and expansion of the rib cage.

    Standing BB Curl - 60x15x4 forcing reps where needed to get 15. I looked so vascular should have taken a picture!
    Standing DB Hammer - 25x15, 3x15, 35x15x2
    DB Preacher Curl Alternating Arms - 20x15x4 (L) 20x12x4 (R)
    ^ Did less reps on the right to make up for the asymetrical difference in arm size.

    Cardio: 20m jog flat ground 6.0 speed, 10m walk incline 3.5 speed 9.0%

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    2 tbsp natural peanut butter

    1536 calories: 137c/43f/156p
    YIKES!!! I feel fine and thought I ate alright... apparently not. Might have to sneak some more peanut butter in.

    Number and photo check on Wednesday, it was supposed to be today but other things came up.
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    It's light because of where the bar lands. It's very high to the collar bone and stressing the pectoralis minor much more. I also just suck at flat bench lol. DB I kill it.

    You're right I should have been repping the left more and keeping the right to par.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OrganicShadow View Post
    I carry a LOT of water and have a thick skin than what's optimal. I can't use diuretics just manipulate:
    distilled water, asparagus, PMS Tea (makes me constipated), cranberry,
    I prefer MHP Xpel for a supplement but Axis labs makes a decent one. Were planning to cut water as early as Tuesday (the shows on Friday) and manipulate sodium. When I start Free Test next week the 3,7 oxo DHEA should help push some water out and dry up. Plus cortisol control to get rid of anything hanging around my lower abs.

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    Soooo....can you use something like Laci Le Beau Tea? Works like a charm for me.
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    I'll look into it! I've tried Cranberry tea and the PMS tea, never head of that. The PMS tea shows greater results (especially in women, go figure) but I cant use it. Geo do you use it? I brew 5-6 bags in 1/2gallon and add it back in for my daily water intake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OrganicShadow
    It's light because of where the bar lands. It's very high to the collar bone and stressing the pectoralis minor much more. I also just suck at flat bench lol. DB I kill it.

    You're right I should have been repping the left more and keeping the right to par.
    Almost like a guillotine press? I've done them as a Pre fatigue before benching heavy, or just after for more fatigue. Either way I agree it's a great way to stimulate the chest and an underrated movement!
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    Maybe? I don't know it by that name. I was doing that late in the off season as upper level were my focal point. 2 sets prefatigue then 2 sets regular bench 6-8.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OrganicShadow View Post
    I'll look into it! I've tried Cranberry tea and the PMS tea, never head of that. The PMS tea shows greater results (especially in women, go figure) but I cant use it. Geo do you use it? I brew 5-6 bags in 1/2gallon and add it back in for my daily water intake.
    This is usually used a couple night's before the show or the night before. It WILL dry you out especially if you've never used it before .


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    Quote Originally Posted by OrganicShadow
    Maybe? I don't know it by that name. I was doing that late in the off season as upper level were my focal point. 2 sets prefatigue then 2 sets regular bench 6-8.
    That's what I've known it to be. Do you widen your grip about 3 inches?
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    Yeah, isolate the chest to have minimal tricep involvement for the ore fatigue but the working sets were straight forward.
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